UPDATE: 17 Arrested and Over 1,500 Grams of Drugs Recovered in Kenosha Drug "Smackdown"
On Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, members of the Kenosha Drug Operations Group executed six search warrants and fifteen arrest warrants in Kenosha County.
This event, named “Operation Smackdown”, occurred over a two-day period. 17 out of 25 defendants sought were located and taken into custody during the two-day roundup. All 17 defendants are currently being held in the Kenosha County Jail. In all 39 people were charged with 142 total criminal charges.
527.06 grams of cocaine, 77.05 grams of heroin, 1,407.22 grams of marijuana, 83.4 grams of THC wax, 4.1 grams of mushrooms, 30 Adderall pills, 11 Alprazolam pills, 22 Hydrocodone pills, 15 pills on Morphine, 77 Oxycodone pills, 30 Oxycontin pills, 2 pills of Tapentadol and 53 Xanax pills along with seven firearms including one stolen firearm, four vehicles and $40,152 in seized currency were recovered during Operation Smackdown.
The goal of the operation was to coordinate numerous arrests over multiple geographical areas to impede the sale of heroin and opiates, reduce heroin overdose deaths, and reduce the violence associated with drug trafficking. According to the Kenosha County Sheriff, each arrest will not only affect the dealer, but will send waves to dealer's customers and the dealer's suppliers. The arrests were made, in a coordinated effort in numerous locations, to create a significant blow to the heroin and opiate trade in the region.
The agencies involved with operation “Smackdown” put in countless hours, worked together, and coordinated their efforts to make “Smackdown” a success.
There were over 250 felony charges issued, mainly consisting of delivery of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, and felon in possession of firearm.